Pet precautions needed as temperatures take an Arctic plunge

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet, and officials warn pet owners who neglect to shelter their animals from the cold could be subject to a $1,000 fine. Furthermore, if animal control stops by and you're not  home, your animal could be impounded.

When you can't move your pets inside, try to make it as warm as you can for them outside. That means having proper shelter. Any blankets or insulation would be great. There are resources out there to call for help. Chain of Hope will come by and donate hay and crates.

Winter is also a really busy time for KC Pet Project. Animal control drops off all the animals they pick up to the shelter.

"The shelter environment is really unnatural for any of these guys and we would much rather they be in a home but sometimes, especially in weather like this, it is the best place for them and we're happy to provide the care that they need," said Tori Fugate of the KC Pet Project.

Also make sure there's enough water for your animals. Water will freeze when left outside for too long and might cause problems for your pets.

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